The Foreign Troops Through the Afghan Eyes

February 14, 2012

Opinions, perceptions and rumors in Herat, Farah and Badghis

Presentation of the research conducted in the western Afghan provinces Placed under the Italian Isaf-Nato Command

Source: INTERSOS, February 14, 2012

Disillusion, mistrust and suspicion: these are the dominant feelings towards the foreign troops that emerge from the research “The Foreign Troops Through the Afghan Eyes: Opinions, Perceptions and Rumors in Herat, Farah and Badghis”, promoted by the Ngo Intersos and led by freelance journalist and researcher Giuliano Battiston. The interviews gathered in the summer of 2011 with different interlocutors – from religious men to governmental officials, from businessmen to activists – report a radical split between the opinions officially expressed by the representatives of western governments, claiming they have succeeded in the stabilization of the country, and the ones of the Afghan people, who declare that the International Community has failed to guarantee security for the population, and at the same time have expressed anxiety for the consequences of the foreign armies withdrawal. Read More

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